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Mark Making unveils ‘Awakenings’ at Hart Gallery
Mark Making, famed for its community-based murals, is set to unveil a 300-square-foot exterior mural at the Hart Gallery. This time out, Mark Making teamed up with CADAS’ Scholze Center for Adolescent Treatment to create a work with the goal of inspiring those afflicted by addiction.
The project, entitled “Awakenings”, symbolizes hope for teens struggling with drug addiction. The nonprofit Mark Making has been empowering individuals and transforming communities since 2009 through professionally led public art projects and art workshops.
Mark Making teaches art to the less fortunate as a problem-solving or critical thinking skill. Executive director Frances McDonald says that this allows participants to substitute self-abusive behavior with a self-empowering activity.
Before the paint cans were cracked on “Awakenings”, the teens were asked to provide written statements in which they identified places or situations where an infusion of art and color could provoke civic change.
“Awakenings” is just one of multiple murals done by Mark Making and partners throughout Chattanooga. For more information on how to get involved, visit markmaking.org
The Hart Gallery offers homeless and other non-traditional artists an opportunity to create and sell their artwork. Come visit the gallery on the Southside at 110 E. Main St. and help support community artists.